LibreLogo in schools and teacher training programs

LiboCon, Tirana, 2018 • On the annual conference of LibreOffice, I talked about LibreLogo in my short presentation “LibreOffice & eTwinning – LibreLogo in schools and teacher training programs”. You can see the slides also with a small LibreLogo introduction here. Abstract of the presentation:

Development

  • Shipped LibreLogo package of Ubuntu and other Linux distributions has got localization support from LibreOffice 5.4.4.
  • LibreLogo works on more (all) macOS versions.
  • Recent LibreLogo regression (“drying ink”: drawing shorter lines as the path of the turtle) of the LibreOffice development code has been solved during the conference.

Education

  • Brazil: Gilvan Vilarim has continued his LibreLogo curse at the digital inclusion conference SEMID, also he wrote a LibreLogo manual in Portuguese.
  • Germany: Mirek Hančl has included several LibreLogo worksheet templates in his upcoming grade 5/6 exercise book, published by Cornelsen Verlag in February, 2019.
  • Hungary: LibreLogo is used in several elementary and middle schools. Looking for a method by Péter Kecskeméti to add an immutable background image, for example, a graph paper behind the Logo turtle, I suggested a solution (usage of GDI image format) to create exciting worksheet templates for Logo exercises.

eTwinning

  • Research of University of Florence has been proven LibreLogo’s exceptional abilities in the education of computer programming. LibreLogo supports the concept “low floor, high ceiling”, which was first formulated in the 1970s by Seymour Papert, co-inventor of the Logo programming language: learning programming is a child’s play with LibreLogo, while it’s still very easy to learn more abstract programming principles with it. (A. R. Formiconi & F. Mancini: A step back into the future, draft, University of Florence, 2017)
  • As part of the research project of the university, Andreas Formiconi initiated the LibreLogo usage in eTwinning educational platform of EU, at eTwinning conferences and by leading online seminars.

Thanks for the great help of all LibreLogo contributors!